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Old 03-13-2009, 05:56 PM   #11
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For the juice you could always puree a watermelon or two with a blender/food processor then strain the slurry in a very fine mesh straining bag (not the muslin grain or hop bags at the homebrew store but the more expensive white nylon ones)

You'll have to use your hands to squeeze most of the juice out, but it's pretty fun.

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Old 03-13-2009, 06:40 PM   #12
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Watermelon Wheat

I did this last summer and it was awesome. I originally used 6 cups of juice, but I list 4 because that's what I'd do in the future.

What if you did a cream ale as a base and added the watermelon juice in 2ndary like I did? Might be light, clean, crisp...
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:03 PM   #13
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I never thought of using cream ale for the base. When you made your version, how did you sanitize the watermelon or did you not worry about that since there is alcohol?

(also, I want to keep from all grain. Not ready for that step yet)

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Watermelon Wheat

I did this last summer and it was awesome. I originally used 6 cups of juice, but I list 4 because that's what I'd do in the future.

What if you did a cream ale as a base and added the watermelon juice in 2ndary like I did? Might be light, clean, crisp...
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Old 03-14-2009, 03:44 AM   #14
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this has my attension... subscribed

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Old 03-14-2009, 05:41 AM   #15
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think i'll keep an eye on this as well. i happen to have everything to make Dubbel's recipe, but i'm doing a cream ale tomorrow instead. don't think i'll fruit the cream ale.

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Old 03-14-2009, 12:30 PM   #16
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I added the watermelon to 2ndary, so I didn't worry about sanitizing the fruit. Didn't want to boil off any flavor.

I did thoroughly scrub the outside of the melon with soap and water, then sanitize it. Also sanitized the knife used to cut it, the cutting board, and the potato masher I used to juice it.

I have never sanitized fruit that I added to 2ndary, and never had any ill effects.

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Old 03-16-2009, 05:15 PM   #17
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DubbelDach -

How long did you ferment with the watermelon in the secondary?

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How long did you ferment with the watermelon in the secondary?
Week in primary, a week in 2ndary. The watermelon juice kicked off and fermented again. You know, 2ndary might have been 10 days because of that.

It was cool how the watermelon pulp settled out with the yeast. Looks like Jupiter:



Rest of the pictures here: Watermelon Wheat pictures by shiplax27 - Photobucket

The carboy turned pink when I racked on top of the juice. The beer, as you can see at the end, was normal straw yellow with just a twinge of pink. Kind of a Tequila Sunrise effect, lol.
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So have you guys tried doing it both fermenting and not fermenting the juice? I wonder what the difference would be as far as taste/aroma.

In my watermelon wheat I just add fresh juice to the keg and serve immediately. I don't let it ferment.

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Why wouldn't it ferment in the keg? Yeast is still there....

Do you juice it and serve it that fast?

I've only bottled it so far, so I needed to ferment it out to avoid bottle bombs... For all I heard about watermelon being too delicate a flavor, the beer really ended up with a strong flavor (thus why I'd cut back to 4 cups in the future), even with the 2ndary fermentation.

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